What’s New In Issue 94

September 29, 2009 in Editorial

Issue 94Our cover artist, Bobby Tench, is a musician who has played and recorded with so many people that his biography reads like a Who’s Who of British blues. He began his career as a bass player and was a noted singer. He has since developed as a formidable guitarist. And the beat goes on because he is touring with Alan Price, Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Zoot Money and co on the Maximum Rhythm ’n’ Blues Tour this month and next. The tour celebrates The Flamingo Club, which is where they all started out in the sixties. I went to meet Bobby Tench in Barnes, where he regularly plays with Barnes Blues Band at The Bull’s Head.

One of the new generation of guitarists, Simon McBride, from Northern Ireland, has achieved acclaim with his first solo album. He played with a heavy metal band before joining Andrew Strong’s touring band but is now playing his own brand of rock-blues. Trevor Hodgett caught up with him for Blues In Britain.

Soul singer Earl Gaines is gracing our shores again this month. He will be touring with Catfish Kings. Earl telephoned in his piece from his home in Nashville.

Blues Sans Frontières is a project that has grown out of a collaboration between guitarist Robert Hokum and drummer Sam Kelly. The band comprises an eclectic mix of musicians including Mehboob Nadeem the sitar player and flautist Keith Waithe, from Guyana. The band is playing a rare gig at The Bush Hall in London W12, on 29th October, so Bob has sent in an email to tell us how it came about.

We are just catching up on reporting some of the many blues festivals that have taken place in the UK and Europe in the Summer. Thanks to all the writers and photographers who send in copy! We also have around 800 gigs in the Gig Guide. So much music, so little time! Get out there and enjoy it!

Fran Leslie

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